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What are the side effects of taking calcium channel blockers (CCBs) for high blood pressure?

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These high blood pressure medications keep calcium from entering heart muscle and blood vessel cells. Blood vessels can then relax. Calcium channel blockers may cause these side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Irregular or very rapid heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Swollen ankles

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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